Along with warmer temperatures, summer is the season for Air Quality Alert Days when high ground-level ozone (smog) is anticipated.
Elevated ozone levels cause health problems, especially for children, senior citizens and people with respiratory diseases. It's wise to cut back on driving and reschedule strenuous activities when Air Quality Alert Days are forecast.
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Tuesday, June 1
Particle Pollution (2.5 microns)
Wednesday, June 2
Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups
Moderate fine particle levels are forecast throughout most of New Jersey due to southwest winds and warm temperatures. Ozone is expected to return to the moderate category due to mostly cloudy skies and showers later in the day.
WARNING! Ozone levels are forecast to reach the unhealthy for sensitive groups category throughout the Garden State due to light southwest winds, sunny skies, and warm temperatures. Sensitive individuals including the very young, the elderly, and persons with respiratory diseases such as asthma should avoid strenuous outdoor activities during the afternoon and early evening hours. In addition, moderate fine particle levels are forecast across the state.*IMPORTANT NOTE*: To obtain the appropriate air quality forecast for emergency generator testing, go to http://www.nj.gov/dep/aqpp/aqforecast/index.htm